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Taliban delegation meets EU and Persian Gulf officials in Qatar

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MADRID, February 17 (Royals Blue) –

A delegation of the Taliban movement led by its acting foreign minister, Amir Jan Muttaqi, met this Wednesday with representatives of the European Union and the countries of the Persian Gulf in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Thus, between the talks it held, the delegation asked the European representatives this Wednesday to “relaunch the suspended educational process and cooperate in the field of Internet services so that Afghan students have access to online courses”, as report the Taliban. Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

On the other hand, the delegation discussed “the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, higher education, development” with senior Qatari officials, as well as “humanitarian aid and the granting of scholarships to Afghan students”, according to a communicated.

Regarding the talks that the delegation had this week with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council, described as “positive” by both parties, the delegation called on the international community “to extend development assistance, in more than humanitarian aid, to positively change the country’s economic situation,” according to a press release.

RESPONSE FROM THE PARTY OF EUROPE

“We underscore Afghanistan’s obligations in terms of human rights, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and express our deep concern over recent arbitrary arrests and intimidation,” the Ambassador said. European Union in Afghanistan, Andreas von Brandt.

Thus, he stressed that the delegation is committed to “opening school and university education to students”, both for girls and boys, as well as “respecting the Constitution and the laws in force and not adapt the constitution only in a consultative process with all sections of the population”. society.

In addition, the EU Ambassador to Afghanistan also indicated that the delegation will be responsible for “implementing women’s rights, including the right to inheritance”.

For his part, the European Union’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, indicated on his official Twitter profile that the European side is concerned “about the enforced disappearances and illegal detentions, and the ill-treatment inflicted to women by the police during peaceful demonstrations”.

“The EU reaffirmed the importance of unhindered access to humanitarian aid through NGOs and UN partners and respect for international humanitarian law,” he said, adding that in Afghanistan, there was “a lack of political representation and a systematic denial of the rights of women and minorities”.

“The EU remains committed to the people of Afghanistan and is providing €500 million in aid through the UN and NGOs focusing on food, health, protection, education and livelihoods . The two delegations agreed to continue the dialogue through physical and virtual meetings,” he said.

HUMANITARIAN AID

The delegation’s trip comes after US President Joe Biden released some $3,500 million in crippled Central Bank assets to facilitate humanitarian aid in Central Asian countries.

Biden’s executive order involves the United States first assuming partial “protection”, as described in the White House memo, of the approximately $7,000 million (6,100 million euros) in crippled assets of the Central Bank of the United States.

Of these, 3,500 million will go to humanitarian aid and the other half to a fund for the ongoing litigation of victims of terrorism in the United States, in particular the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Regarding this humanitarian aid, the Taliban Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday on its official Twitter profile that “it is totally unacceptable” that the money is in the name of humanitarian aid.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Johnson explained that President Biden’s speech on distributing the money was misinterpreted in the media and that a mechanism was being worked out. elaboration that would probably provide some of the money to the Central Bank of Afghanistan for their support,” he said.

Indeed, the Central Bank of Afghanistan has already recalled that these funds are necessary “to implement monetary policy, facilitate international trade and stabilize the financial sector” and that “the real owners of these reserves are the citizens of Afghanistan”. .